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Former US Ambassador to Speak at JFK University College of Law Commencement

May 16, 2014

PLEASANT HILL, CA –John F. Kennedy University has announced that Jeff Bleich, former United States Ambassador to Australia, will be the keynote speaker at its College of Law 2014 commencement ceremony. The ceremony, to be held on May 24, 2014 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, will celebrate the accomplishments of this year's 40 law graduates.

"We are honored to have the former Ambassador speak at our law commencement, " said Dean Barbieri, dean of JFK University's College of Law. "Bleich represents the leadership and dedication to public service that we strive to instill in our law students."

During the Clinton administration, Bleich served as director of the White House Council on Youth Violence, formed during the aftermath of the Columbine High School massacre.

During President Obama's 2008 campaign, Bleich was a founding member and co-chair of Obama's national finance committee, co-chair of Obama's higher education advisory board, and California co-chair. Following the election, he served as Special Counsel to the President and was appointed Ambassador to Australia in 2009. He recently completed his term as Ambassador and is now a partner in the San Francisco law firm, Munger, Tolles & Olson, where he leads their international practice group.

As a graduate from UC Berkeley’s School of Law and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Bleich served as a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1989 to 1990 and to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1990 to 1991. He received a Certificate of Study in Public and Private International Law from the Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands in 1993.

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About John F. Kennedy University
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, John F. Kennedy University, a non-profit affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges provide innovative higher education opportunities to 1,500 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs.